This is not a cookie cutter hotel chain. It is in a fun location, off of Delancey St, 2 blocks from Essex St (and market), and the area is kinda funky, good coffee shop and walkable to east village. It is best suited for those intrepid souls who know NY and/or want to explore the fun, non-touristy areas other than Times Square/midtown tourist traps (though we did go to the theater and returned easily by bus). Easily accessible to F train to go uptown or you can walk to Chinatown and east village.
Desk clerk persons who change throughout the day are different. Not in a happy/polished/upscale hotel/friendly way, but tolerable.
This hotel has the feel of a hostel without the value. The Marx Bros room was drab and very oddly layed out where there was not quite enough room for the chairs, small table and a person (to be fair, the sofa bed was out). The bathroom was clean and bright. It had the smallest TV imaginable which you certainly wouldn't be able to view from the bed, but hey, it's NY and we didn't come to watch TV!
We peaked into another room which also looked kinda dingy. Think: Grammercy Hotel before rehab, but slightly better.
You have to turn in your key when you go out. There may or may not be someone at the desk when you return at night to unlock the outside door for you. It was a puzzle how to unlock the Marx Bros room door (good balcony; view of Williamsburg bridge). Housekeeping does not speak English. The sofa bed is as bad as your sister's who doesn't know it because she never sleeps on it.
There were 2 of us yet they couldn't get it together to give us 2 bars of soap?? When we told the person downstairs the lamp was not working, they gave us a light bulb to replace ourselves. It's that kind of place. The coffee maker did not work. There was no free water; a refrigerator and a $2 price tag on its liquid contents. We bought water at the deli around the corner. And cool coffee/lunch/breakfast place down the street at 88 Orchard St serving excellent coffee.
But it was a fine base for a great long weekend exploring the city!
Back of building facing east on higher floors is nice for sun in a.m. Cool view of Williamsburg Bri...
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21 November 2011
We are pleased to hear how much “counrygal” enjoyed the views from the Marx Brothers room, a huge custom room designed with historical details in a period appropriate fashion. The spacious bathroom with a large, deep tub exemplifies a 1930’s grace. The balcony is 300 square feet and overlooks the Williamsburg Bridge. Most of our guests have concurred it’s incredibly romantic at sunset. In fact two thirds of our rooms have terraces. This is a rarity in NYC and the Blue Moon’s views from the upper floors are spectacular, in fact, some of the best in the city. Yes, the LES is New York’s playground, surrounded by NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
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To ensure that all of our guests experience a comfortable stay, we provide any additional items upon request. All the guest has to do is ask. We are pleased that “counrygal” was able to enjoy some of the local restaurants which our area is famous for, but hope they also took advantage of our very own complimentary continental breakfast which embodies the culture of the Lower East Side: fresh baked goods from Kossar’s and Gertel’s, two venerable old local bakeries; fresh fruits, juices, spreads, gourmet coffee and fine teas.
Blue Moon was chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of 150 hotels in the Western Hemisphere to check into. We have 30 major articles expressing the beauty of this five year art preservation and design project. Our staff is both warm and friendly, multilingual, and create a helpful atmosphere for all of our guests’ needs.
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